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Senate passes bill containing unemployment insurance renewal

Senate passes bill containing unemployment insurance renewal

WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- After months of negotiating, the Senate passed the bill containing a provision to renew unemployment insurance benefits to the long-term unemployed.
Gabrielle Levy
Senators, small business owners push for minimum wage increase

Senators, small business owners push for minimum wage increase

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- Small business leaders joined Senate Democrats on the Hill Thursday to lend their support to a push to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.
Gabrielle Levy
Senate Democrats to pull all-nighter on climate change

Senate Democrats to pull all-nighter on climate change

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- A group of more than two dozen Senate Democrats plan to take, after final votes Monday night, an all-night "talkathon" on climate change.
Gabrielle Levy
Consumers’ online information needs better protection, Senate committee says

Consumers’ online information needs better protection, Senate committee says

After big breaches of consumer information at major companies, senators are asking for better safeguards against cyber attacks.
Jessica Floum -- Medill News Service

FTC asked to look into outlet store marketing

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Four Democratic members of Congress have asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to look into potentially fraudulent marketing practices at outlet stores.
Senate Dems are not happy about Julia Louis-Dreyfus' e-cig bit from the Golden Globes

Senate Dems are not happy about Julia Louis-Dreyfus' e-cig bit from the Golden Globes

Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Four U.S. senators has asked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and NBC Universal to refrain from featuring e-cigarettes.
Kate Stanton
Lawsuits filed over Target data breach

Lawsuits filed over Target data breach

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Two lawsuits have been filed in Minnesota against retailer Target for failing to keep customer data safe from hackers, court paper say.

Report: Obama held up new rules in 2012 election run-up

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The White House held off on enacting a series of rules last year in order to avoid political flak around the elections, Obama administration officials said.
Congressional Democrats offer bill to protect abortion rights

Congressional Democrats offer bill to protect abortion rights

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday mounted an effort to thwart states' attempts to clamp down on abortion rights.

Documents: NSA spied on Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The National Security Agency monitored overseas communication of U.S. critics of the Vietnam War including Martin Luther King, newly released documents show.
Study:Surveillance judges mostly conservatives, former federal workers

Study:Surveillance judges mostly conservatives, former federal workers

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- Judges appointed to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court are largely conservatives with experience in the executive branch, an analysis has found.

Iran hostages say they see new focus on compensation issue

WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) -- The men and women who were held hostage in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran three decades ago are seeing renewed focus on their bid to be compensated, lawmakers say.
U.S. Senate votes to kill gun control legislation

U.S. Senate votes to kill gun control legislation

WASHINGTON, April 17 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama said Wednesday the Senate vote to kill a bill expanding gun sale background checks was "shameful," but it was "just round 1" of the fight.

Sens.: NRA 'new low' in Newtown robocalls

NEWTOWN, Conn., March 26 (UPI) -- The National Rifle Association "has stooped to a new low" in making pro-gun robocalls to still-grieving Newtown residents, Connecticut's two U.S. senators said.

Facebook to block Newtown bullying

NEWTOWN, Conn., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Facebook will block sensitive content linked to the Newtown, Conn., school massacre, the company and the state's congressional delegation said.
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Richard Blumenthal (born February 13, 1946) is the junior United States Senator from Connecticut and a member of the Democratic Party. Previously, he served as Attorney General of Connecticut.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Blumenthal is a graduate of Harvard College, where he was editorial chairman of The Harvard Crimson. He studied for a year at Cambridge University in England before attending Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. While at Yale, he was classmates with future President Bill Clinton and future Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. From 1970 to 1976 Blumenthal served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, where he earned the rank of sergeant.

After college Blumenthal served as administrative assistant and law clerk for several Washington figures. From 1977 to 1981 he was United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut. In the early 1980s he worked in private law, including volunteer counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1984 to 1987, when he was elected to the Connecticut Senate. He was elected state Attorney General in 1990, and served for twenty years. During this period he was frequently speculated as a contender for Governor of Connecticut, but he never pursued the office.

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